MSU Seeks Dismissal of Former Coach Kramer Lawsuit

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Montana State University is asking a District Court judge to dismiss former football coach Mike Kramer’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the university.

MSU attorney Cal Stacey argued Tuesday that Kramer had a one-year contract that allowed him to be fired without cause.

Kramer’s attorneys, Cliff Edwards and Triel Culver, argue that MSU issued a press release on May 18, 2007, that said the school was terminating Kramer without cause, but that it went on to list reasons, including the criminal activities of former student-athletes.

Edwards says Kramer was really fired “with cause,” and under his contract should have been given a chance to challenge those reasons.

District Judge Kathy Seeley heard arguments in MSU’s motion for summary judgment, but did not immediately issue a ruling. A trial is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25.